Despite the influx of teachers from different backgrounds, the teaching force has steadily become less stable. According to the report, between 40 to 50 percent of beginning teachers leave the profession within five years. There was a 34 percent increase from 1998 to 2008 in the number of teachers leaving the profession after one year.
A negative result of teacher turnover, according to the report, is that the rates are a “major factor behind the problems that many schools have staffing their classrooms with qualified mathematics, science and other teachers. Increases in turnover among minority teachers, especially in disadvantaged schools, undermine efforts to recruit new teachers in hard-to-staff schools and to diversify the teaching force.”
However, the report states that all of this data also suggests a big opportunity. “The largest occupation in the nation is being expanded, replaced, and re-made.”
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